Develop an Elevation Profile

In surveying we have been making elevation profiles from differential leveling data for as long as I have been teaching the course. Recently, I came across a help page from the University of Georgia that uses ArcGIS to associate data points with elevation data from a DEM, which is then graphed in Excel, with an XY scatter chart. The data can come from GIS points or a line digitized on the map. The edit – divide tool sets the points along a line at any spacing desired. Spatial analyst will extract the elevation from the DEM at each point.

Here is a section of the pipeline that goes through the Waynesboro Watershed.
And here is the resulting profile.
This method can help reduce the error form field measurements. And it can be used for much longer spans. 
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